SPEAKING (PART 3) COLLABORATIVE TASK

This post offers learners 15 examples of collaborative tasks that are in the B2 FIRST. This is the 3rd task in the speaking exam (HERE) that learners must carry our and also in the Trinity ISE III (HERE)In this part of the exam the two candidates are to speak together about a situation. They should discuss the situation and take into account all of the 5 options providen. In the end they need to come to a conclusion (agree or disagree HERE).

The interlocutor will describe the task for 2-3 minutes. The examiners are not involved in the task and the candidates are to interact independently until the examiner says “thank you”.

 

Example activities (available in PDF):

 

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

I’d like you to imagine that you are talking about the family. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about how supporting a family might make it difficult to find spare time.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the most difficult thing to find time for.

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Thank you.

 

If you have to support a family, how might it be difficult to find time to do these things?

  • Learn a foreign language
  • Get enough exercise
  • Go on a weekly date with your partner
  • Travel the world
  • Go shopping

 

Now, discuss these questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • What do you wish you had more time for?
  • What did you do more of in the past that you would like to do again?
  • What do you spend too much time doing?
  • What can’t you stand wasting time doing?

 

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EXAMPLE 2

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about quality of life. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about how these things impact on your quality of life.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which of these things will improve your life most.

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Thank you.

 

How could these events improve your quality of life?

  • Getting a promotion at work
  • Having a child
  • Receiving an inheritance
  • Going abroad on holiday
  • Getting a university degree

 

Now, discuss these questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • What is the key to enjoying yourself?
  • Can you become happier just by trying to think positively?
  • Does your job influence your happiness?
  • Are friends important in leading a good life?

 

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EXAMPLE 3

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about where we live. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about ways to improve the local area.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which would improve the local area most.

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Thank you.

 

What benefits might local residents get from these developments in the neighborhood?

  • A sports centre
  • CCTV cameras
  • Youth groups
  • Optical Fiber Internet
  • A modern shopping centre

 

Now, discuss these questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • How could you improve your local area?
  • Does the government invest a lot of money in entertainment in your area?
  • Is crime influential in making an area a poor place to live in?
  • What are the most important facilities in your local area for young people?

 

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EXAMPLE 4

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about the environment. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about why these things could have an influence on the environment.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which has the worst impact on the environment.

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Thank you.

 

Which of these things might have the greatest impact on the environment?

  • building high-rise buildings on coastlines
  • the increase of long haul flights
  • turtle watching
  • hunting parties
  • shark control (drum lining)

 

Now, discuss these questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • Is protecting the environment important to you?
  • Do young people care about the environment?
  • What is the best way about finding out about ways of protecting the environment?
  • How is your country trying to deal with climate change?

 

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EXAMPLE 5

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about tourism. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about why do some locals complain about the increase in tourism.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide what is the most negative impact of tourism on society.

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Thank you.

 

Why might some local people complain about the influx of tourists?

  • increase in bars and restaurants
  • overcrowding
  • increase in accommodation costs
  • hospital waiting times
  • noise

 

Now, discuss these questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • Are there many tourists where you live?
  • What types of tourism do you enjoy?
  • Is tourism a big part of your countries economy?
  • Should people be responsible with how much they travel?

 

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EXAMPLE 6

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about transport. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about which means of transport help to protect the environment.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which means of transport should be encouraged most and how to do it.

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Thank you.

 

Which means of transport should be encouraged the most to better our world?

  • Electric cars
  • Cycling
  • Buses
  • Trains
  • Car pooling (sharing)

 

Now, discuss these questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • What types of transportation are best for the environment?
  • How do you usually get around your local area?
  • Should private transportation be more expensive?
  • How far do you agree with the opinion that electric cars are the way forward?

 

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EXAMPLE 7

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about work. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about why these jobs could make you feel satisfied.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the most fulfilling job.

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Thank you.

 

Which of these professions offers the greatest opportunity to achieve self-fulfillment?

  • Doctor
  • Civil Servant
  • Fire Fighter
  • Inventor
  • Teacher

 

Now, discuss these questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • What would your ideal job be and why?
  • What kind of jobs would you dislike to do?
  • Have you ever had a job the stressed you out?
  • Should we focus more on our salary or enjoyment at work?

 

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EXAMPLE 8

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about health. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about why these things could have a negative influence on your health.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which has the worst influence on health.

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Thank you.

 

How can these influences be negative for your personal health?

  • overexercising
  • sleep deprivation
  • stress and anxiety
  • junk-food
  • loneliness

 

Now, discuss these questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • Is it possible to exercise too much?
  • What is the best way to follow a balanced diet?
  • Is it important to sleep for eight hours a night?
  • Do you ever suffer from stress?
  • What is the best way to stay healthy?

 

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EXAMPLE 9

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about hobbies. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about why these activities might be popular.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which will become most popular in the future.

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Thank you.

 

Which types of activities could become the most popular in the coming years?

  • Extreme sports (Base Jumping)
  • Language Learning
  • Rock climbing
  • Triathlons
  • Learning to play a musical instrument

 

Now, discuss these questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • Why do some hobbies go in and out of fashion?
  • Which hobbies will always be popular?
  • If you could take up any hobby, which would it be?
  • Have you ever quit a hobby that you used to love?
  • Do we spend more time doing our hobbies now than in the past?

 

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EXAMPLE 10

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about issues in cities. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about why these things might be problematic for citizens.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which poses the greatest danger to society.

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Thank you.

 

Which potential dangers should people living in cities be aware of?

  • Pollution
  • Petty Crime
  • Over-crowding
  • Unemployment
  • Car accidents

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • What is the most serious crime a person can commit?
  • How can we prevent crime?
  • What types of people commit most crimes?
  • How can we reduce car accidents?
  • What role do environmental issues have in our lives?

 

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EXAMPLE 11

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about interests. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about why these things are popular amongst teenagers.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the most popular thing among teenagers.

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Thank you.

 

Why might teenagers develop an interest in these fields?

  • Fashion
  • Celebrity gossip
  • Football
  • Travel
  • ICT (computing)

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • Do you tend to follow the crowd or make your own choices?
  • Have your tastes changed since you were a teenager?
  • Why do some things come in and out of fashion?
  • What is popular now among people of your age?
  • Are you keen on being trendy and fashionable?

 

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EXAMPLE 12

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about success. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about why it is difficult to achieve success in these areas.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the most difficult area to become successful in.

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Thank you.

 

How difficult could it be to be a successful student in these areas?

  • Engineering
  • Teaching
  • Medicine
  • Language studies
  • Sports science

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • What is success for you?
  • What role does money have in success?
  • Is it easy to be happy all the time?
  • Are you a positive or negative person?
  • What is your plan in life?

 

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EXAMPLE 13

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about online shopping. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about why these things could be risky while shopping online.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the biggest risk for online shoppers.

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Thank you.

 

How can shopping online be a risk?

  • Identity theft
  • Prices
  • Size of products
  • Quality of products
  • Ability to get refunds

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • Some people think that online shopping will replace shops. What do you think?
  • What are the pros of shopping online?
  • How often do you buy yourself new stuff?
  • Are you a spender or a saver?
  • What’s the best way to save money when shopping?

 

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EXAMPLE 14

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about equality. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about why some professions are more valued than others.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which should be valued more than it is.

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Thank you.

 

Which jobs are most valued in our society and why?

  • footballer
  • musician
  • teacher
  • doctor
  • engineer

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • What types of jobs deserve a high salary?
  • Why do some professions like politicians earn more than they deserve?
  • Is it worth getting a degree nowadays?
  • What would your ideal job be?
  • What job would you least like and why?

 

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EXAMPLE 15

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about travel. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about how traveling can cause conflicts in your life.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the area most affected.

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Thank you.

 

How might a fondness of traveling cause conflicts in these areas of life?

  • Work
  • Educations
  • Family and friends
  • Other leisure activities
  • Personal finances

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • Why is travel so popular?
  • What is the best trip you have ever been on?
  • Would you rather travel alone or with others?
  • How can travel have an impact on the environment?
  • What can we learn from seeing other cultures?

 

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EXAMPLE 16

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Id like you to imagine that you are talking about friendship. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about why friends are important in these situations.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the situation that you need most support from your friends in.

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Thank you.

 

In which situations is it important to count on true friends?

  • During a break-up of a relationship
  • When unemployed
  • The death of a relative
  • For entertainment
  • When you need advice

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • Some people say that is is hard to find a true friend. What do you think?
  • Do you enjoy making new friends?
  • What is the best way to stay in touch with friends?
  • Do you get on best with people who are similar to you?
  • Is it important to have a similar sense of humour to your friends?

 

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Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

I’d like you to imagine that you are talking about fitness and healthy living. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about what are the best ways to encourage people to take part in physical activity.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the most effective way to get people to adopt healthy habits.

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Thank you.

 

What are the most effective ways to make people want to stay fit and healthy?

  • media campaigns by famous sports people
  • personal advice
  • criticisms by family members
  • attending sports events
  • the example of close friends

 

Now, discuss these questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • What makes you want to stick to a healthy lifestyle?
  • Some people are very body conscious. Are you? 
  • What is the most effective way to be in good shape?
  • What are the worst habits that a person can have for their health?

 

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Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

I’d like you to imagine that you are talking about environmental issues. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

 

How can we get more young people interested in environmental issues?

 

  • outings to the countryside
  • workshops
  • media campaigns
  • visits to museums
  • talks in schools and universities

 

Now, talk to each other about what would make more young people take an interest in the environment.

 

Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the most effective way to get young people to think about the environment.

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Thank you.

 

Discuss these questions

  1. Some people think that you cannot look after the environment and have a good quality of life. What do you think?
  2. How do most people try to avoid contaminating the planet?
  3. Do you think most people care about our planet enough to try to save it?

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Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

I’d like you to imagine that you are talking about government funding and the environment. Here are some of the ideas they are thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

 

What should the government invest its limited funding in to prevent environmental problems?

 

  • public transport
  • renewable energy
  • education
  • zoos and wildlife parks
  • recycling plants

 

Now, talk to each other about what are the best ways the government could help the environment.

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Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the most effective way for the government to invest its money.

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Thank you.

 

Discuss these questions

  1. Why does the government not protect the environment to the best of its ability?
  2. Do you share the opinion that climate change will cause the extinction of the human race?
  3. Would you say that we need to make drastic changes to our lifestyles in order to protect earth?

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